The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is open!
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, is a beautifully landscaped garden free for all to enjoy.
As well as Stuart-Smith’s distinctive planting, there are outdoor sculptures by Lynn Chadwick, Sir Michael Craig-Martin, Barbara Hepworth and Rebecca Warren.
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden Café is also now open daily 11am – 3pm, serving take away hot and cold drinks, fresh cakes and snacks.
View a selection of recent images below
Tom Stuart-Smith’s design draws inspiration from its unusual setting between 19th-century red-brick mills and a 21st-century art gallery, edged by the River Calder. It echos the striking, angular shapes of the David Chipperfield-designed gallery while harnessing a naturalism that reflects Barbara Hepworth’s deep connection to the landscape.
Find out about the story of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden here.
Sculpture in the garden
Ascending Form (Gloria), 1958
The two diamond shapes in Ascending Form (Gloria) can be seen as representing natural forms, with the one growing organically out of the other, or as a reference to hands coming together in prayer.
One of her most frequently recurring subjects was the standing form, which she related to the feeling of a human figure in the landscape.
Pitchfork (Yellow), 2013
Sir Michael Craig-Martin
This 11ft yellow pitchfork stands tall amongst the trees in the garden. It is taken from a series of giant and brightly coloured painted steel sculptures that resemble commonplace objects.
Appearing like drawings in the air, Craig-Martin’s deceptively simple sculptures pose questions about the role that objects play in our everyday lives.
Hear Michael Craig-Martin describe his sculpture in this short film.
The Three, 2017
British artist Rebecca Warren personally selected her sculpture The Three within the new garden. Warren’s bronze works are created in clay, then cast in bronze and finally hand-painted.
Taken from a recent series of large human figures, The Three was selected for its subtle icing-like palette of blues and pinks, which offset the sculpture’s monumental scale.
Warren said: “It feels like a rare opportunity to have sculptures in this setting, especially in a garden that is open and free to the public. I’m looking forward to seeing my work in this beautiful context and to seeing how it is affected by the changing light of the different seasons.”
Dancing Figures, 1956
One of the leading sculptors of post-war Britain, Lynn Chadwick won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956, making him the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The same year, he made Dancing Figures, a subject he returned to many times.
Struck by the impact on British culture of the ‘Teddy Boy’ youth movement in the mid-1950s, Chadwick wanted to create sculpture that possessed the swagger, menace and modernity of these young men. Sharp angles and jagged postures, inspired by the way the ‘Teds’ danced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, create a sense of dynamic motion, despite being cast in bronze.
In bloom - March/April
Pulmonaria ‘Blue Ensign’
Lungwort is a deciduous perennial which thrives in shady areas. It carpets the ground with bright blue flowers in early springtime and looks beautiful with our hellebores and snowdrops. Lungwort is so named because the leaves are shaped like lungs and the plant was traditionally used to treat diseases of the lungs, with the word ‘Pulmo’ meaning lung in Latin.
These intensely blue-flowered bulbs were planted in their thousands amongst the perennials last autumn. Also known as Siberian squill they are native to Russia and the Caucasus region and are very hardy. Scilla flower in early to mid-spring with multiple nodding cobalt blue heads per stem. They will return year after year, setting seed readily and naturalising in swathes throughout the garden.
Helleborus x hybridus
The hybrid Lenten roses have glossy evergreen leaves and cup-shaped, nodding flowers in pink, magenta or white. We use these in areas of semi-shade and we remove the old leaves in winter just before the new ones emerge.
These dwarf daffodils have flowers which open up creamy yellow in colour and then quickly fade to a crisp white. They grow to around 20cm in height and are a robust variety which copes well with the changeable spring weather. Flowering each year in clusters across the garden they are paired with groups of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ which flower a few weeks later and extend the daffodil season.
Diary of a Cultural Gardener
Help Katy care for The Hepworth Wakefield Garden
We are raising £10,000 to help our Cultural Gardener, Katy Merrington, look after The Hepworth Wakefield Garden.
As a living composition, the Garden requires daily, labour-intensive care and attention to help it grow and develop. We need your help to ensure the garden is maintained by raising funds to support ongoing costs such as the purchase the necessary quantities of composted bark mulch, replacement plants, new bulbs for next year, and a pallet truck to help Katy move the heavy loads around the garden.
Any gift, no matter the size, makes a real difference. Please join our campaign by donating here.